Chard-based Brecknell Willis will provide two twin-strip single arm pantographs for each of the 92 trains for the Intercity Express Programme, which are destined for the newly electrified Great Western Main Line and the East Coast Main Line.
Richard Whitefield, Managing Director for Brecknell Willis and Jamie Foster, Procurement Director for
Hitachi Rail Europe marked the event with an official photo opportunity.
The first pantograph systems will be shipped from the UK to Japan for installation and testing on the first three pre-series Class 800 series trains.
About Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd.
Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Europe, Ltd. and is headquartered in London, UK.
Hitachi Rail Europe is a total railway system supplier offering rolling stock, traction equipment, signalling, traffic management systems, and maintenance depots.
Hitachi draws on many years of experience as a leading supplier of high-speed trains such as the Shinkansen (bullet train) for the Japanese and international markets. In Europe, Hitachi Rail Europe’s first rolling stock contract was to deliver a fleet of 29 Class 395 trains, the first domestic high-speed train in the UK, which are maintained at Hitachi’s state of the art depot in Ashford, Kent. As part of the British Department for Transport’s Intercity Express Programme, Hitachi Rail Europe will replace the UK’s ageing fleet of Intercity trains, and will establish a new rolling stock manufacturing facility in the UK for this purpose. The trains will be maintained and services in a number of new maintenance
depots along the Great Western Main Line and the East Coast Main Line.
For more information about the company, please visit: www.Hitachirail-eu.com .